I am a consultant working
on the USAID Last Mile Initiative (LMI). USAID'€™s Last Mile Initiative is
a program that aims to expand communications access to poor rural
communities across the globe. Under the LMI program, different projects
across the world are simultaneously in progress. The specific LMI project I
am contacting you about focuses on one of the poorest rural regions in the
heart of Africa ‚€“ the Chinyanja Triangle.
The Chinyanja Triangle is geographically defined as the southern and central
provinces of Malawi, the eastern province of Zambia, and the Tete (high
plateau) province of Mozambique. Lilongwe, Malawi sits in the middle of this
region. Northwest Zimbabwe is also included this region, however, current
political stalemates precludes U.S. donor funds to reach out to Zimbabwe.
Although English and Portuguese are the dominant western languages spoken,
Chichewa is the common native language that is spoken by the indigenous
people in this region.
Our objective is to bring Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to
the Chinyanja Triangle. We are striving to meet the following goals:
1. To link farmer associations, agriculture researchers, extension officers,
and markets in order to enable small scale commercial farmers to sell the
products to local and Southern African regional markets
2. To provide young adults in the remote Chinyanja Triangle with access to
ICT tools to better understand and communicate with their peers in the
region and outside of the region.
By obtaining these goals, we seek to show a positive impact on the local
communities in the following ways:
1. Improving the local economies by allowing the agriculture community
access to information
2. Fostering an environment of information sharing among the various
communities within the region as well as globally
3. Building capacity and human capital that will enable business development
I recently visited the region and am in the process of analyzing my data and
drafting my report. As one of my tasks, I was requested to reach out to
organizations to identify projects that are similar to ours and explore the
possibilities of leveraging each other‚€™s lessons learned, resources, and
data. We are also interested forging partnerships with organizations that
have projects that are similar to ours. Hence, I am seeking information
about projects your organization is/has engaged in and would like to open a
line of communication with a point of contact.
I would appreciate any assistance you can lend and request your response by
contacting me with information you may have to share and/or your interest in
partnering with us. I would be very grateful to you if you could respond
directly to me at the email address given below.
For more information on the USAID Last Mile Initiative, please visit
Thank you very much for your time and I am looking forward to your responses.
Anthony (Tony) Brooks
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